Christchurch: The Bangladesh cricket team was about to enter the mosque to offer prayers, when the shooting started. They escaped unscathed but the prevailing situation led the authorities to call off the third and final Test match starting Saturday. “The players are all safe but they are distraught.
They can’t forget what happened just in front of their eyes,” he added. Bangladesh’s performance analyst, Shrinivas Chandrasekeran, spoke about the incident on social media. Chandrasekeran has been with the team for the past one year. “Just escaped active shooters.
Heartbeats pumping badly and panic everywhere,” he was quoted as saying by media reports. Chandrasekaran added that initially they didn’t even realise that it was a terror attack. “It was a few metres away from the mosque and we suddenly heard gunshots. Neither the players, nor me, initially realised what was happening. Suddenly we saw this woman fainting on the road.
We thought it was a medical emergency and some of the boys wanted to get down from the bus and help the lady,” he said. “However, we realised that it was something much bigger than what we had thought. We saw people running for their lives and blood everywhere and suddenly we were all told to lie down quietly on the floor of the bus.
I don’t know for how many minutes we lay on the floor of the bus. Once we understood, everyone was calm and did what was told,” said Chandrasekaran. It was some time before the police arrived and they were escorted out of the backdoor of the team bus and taken to the ground.
The players are likely to leave New Zealand by the first available flight, the team manager was quoted as saying. According to ‘ESPNCricinfo’, most of the coaching staff was in the team hotel at the time of the incident while head coach Steve Rhodes was at the ground.